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  1. added 2018-12-13
    Metaphysical and Absolute Possibility.Justin Clarke-Doane - forthcoming - Synthese (special issue).
    It is widely alleged that metaphysical possibility is “absolute” possibility (Kripke [1980], Lewis [1986], Rosen [2006, 16], Stalnaker [2005, 203], Williamson [2016, 460]). Indeed, this is arguably its metaphysical significance. Kripke calls metaphysical necessity “necessity in the highest degree” ([1980, 99]). Williamson calls metaphysical possibility the “maximal objective modality” [2016, 459]. Rosen says that “metaphysical possibility is the [most inclusive] sort of real possibility” ([2006, 16]). And Stalnaker writes, “we can agree with Frank Jackson, David Chalmers, Saul Kripke, David Lewis, (...)
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    What Matters in the Mirror of Time: Why Lucretius’ Symmetry Argument Fails.Lukas J. Meier - forthcoming - Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-10.
    By appealing to the similarity between pre-vital and post-mortem nonexistence, Lucretius famously tried to show that our anxiety about death was irrational. His so-called Symmetry Argument has been attacked in various ways, but all of these strategies are themselves problematic. In this paper, I propose a new approach to undermining the argument: when Parfit’s distinction between identity and what matters is applied, not diachronically (as he uses it) but across possible worlds, the alleged symmetry can be broken. Although the pre-vital (...)
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    Possible Worlds Semantics.Daniel Nolan - 2012 - In Gillian Russell & Delia Fara (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language. New York, USA: Routledge Press. pp. 242-252.
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    Recombination Unbound.Daniel Nolan - 1996 - Philosophical Studies 84 (2-3):239-262.
    This paper discusses the principle of recombination for possible worlds. It argues that arguments against unrestricted recombination offered by Forrest and Armstrong and by David Lewis fail, but a related argument is a challenge, and recommends that we accept an unrestricted principle of recombination and the conclusion that possible worlds form a proper class.
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    Here Goes Nothing.Lee Barry - 2016 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 12 (1):27-45.
    Subtraction arguments support the view that there might have been nothing. The best-developed SA to date, due to David Efird and Tom Stoneham, is claimed by its authors to entail that there are worlds in which there are space-time points but no concrete objects: Efird and Stoneham hold that space-time points are not concrete and that a world made up from them alone contains nothing concrete. In this paper it is argued that whole space-times are concrete and subtractable, so that (...)
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    Williamson on Counterpossibles.Berto Francesco, David Ripley, Graham Priest & Rohan French - 2018 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 47 (4):693-713.
    A counterpossible conditional is a counterfactual with an impossible antecedent. Common sense delivers the view that some such conditionals are true, and some are false. In recent publications, Timothy Williamson has defended the view that all are true. In this paper we defend the common sense view against Williamson’s objections.
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  7. added 2018-03-05
    Possible Patterns.Jeffrey Sanford Russell & John Hawthorne - forthcoming - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics.
    “There are no gaps in logical space,” David Lewis writes, giving voice to sentiment shared by many philosophers. But different natural ways of trying to make this sentiment precise turn out to conflict with one another. One is a *pattern* idea: “Any pattern of instantiation is metaphysically possible.” Another is a *cut and paste* idea: “For any objects in any worlds, there exists a world that contains any number of duplicates of all of those objects.” We use resources from model (...)
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  8. added 2018-02-18
    Possible Worlds.John Divers - 2002 - Routledge.
    _Possible Worlds_ presents the first up-to-date and comprehensive examination of one of the most important topics in metaphysics. John Divers considers the prevalent philosophical positions, including realism, antirealism and the work of important writers on possible worlds such as David Lewis, evaluating them in detail.
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  9. added 2018-02-16
    Smith On Times And Tokens.Joshua M. Mozersky - 2001 - Synthese 129 (3):405-411.
    In this essay I respond to Quentin Smith's charge that 'the date-analysis version of the tenseless theory of time cannot give adequate accounts of the truth conditions of the statements made by tensed sentence-tokens'. His argument is based on an analysis of certain counterfactual situations that is at odds with the date-analysis account of language and hence succeeds only in begging the question against that theory. To anticipate: his argument fails if one allows that temporal indexicals such as 'now' rigidly (...)
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    What, If Anything, is Represented? Objects in Their Worlds.David L. Thompson - manuscript
    Up to David L. Thompson's Homepage Outline by Section: I INTRODUCTION II A COLOURED ILLUSTRATION III THE NATURE OF WORLDS #1. Generalization from colour to all perceived #2. Chess as a model world. #3. Worlds depend on supervenience #4. Supervenience #5. Supervenience applied to worlds #6. Five dependencies #6. Interrelationships between the five #7. The enactive approach to transformation #8. The transformation of worlds #9. A world is a condensed history #10. A shared world defined by individuals #11. Summary VI (...)
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    Modality in Computational Metaphysics.Allan F. Randall - unknown
    The many worlds anthropic principle is explored here from the a priori perspective of rationalist metaphysics, within the framework of modal logic. It is shown how the apparent contradictions of quantum superposition can be thought of in terms of different levels of world models. The framework of modal logic is used, but given the rationalist assumption that all possible worlds exist. There is thus no absolute distinction between possibility and necessity. To take the point of view of a conscious being (...)
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    Is There Life in Possible Worlds?Mark Wilson - unknown
    Two ordinary dice ... are thrown, displaying two numbers face up. For each die there are six possible results. Hence there are thirty-six possible states of the pair of dice..
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    Possible Worlds of History.Ilkka Lähteenmäki - 2018 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 12 (1):164-182.
    _ Source: _Page Count 19 The theory of possible worlds has been minimally employed in the field of theory and philosophy of history, even though it has found a place as a tool in other areas of philosophy. Discussion has mostly focused on arguments concerning counterfactual history’s status as either useful or harmful. The theory of possible worlds can, however be used also to analyze historical writing. The concept of textual possible worlds offers an interesting framework to work with for (...)
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    Three Kinds of Worlds and Two Kinds of Truth.Wolfgang Spohn - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (5):1335-1359.
    This paper argues for three kinds of possible worlds: Wittgensteinian totalities of facts, Lewisian worlds or universes, concrete objects of maximal essence, and the world, a concrete object of minimal essence. It moreover explains that correspondence truth applies to Wittgensteinian totalities and pragmatic truth to Lewisian universes. And it finally argues that this conceptualization lays proper foundations to two-dimensional semantics.
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    Worlds, Not Worldviews: Reply to Beillard.Timothy J. Nulty - 2015 - Metaphysica 16 (2).
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    III—Aristotelian Supervenience.John Heil - 2015 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115 (1pt1):41-56.
    Three matchsticks could be arranged on a table so as to form a triangle. Were you to place a lump of sugar into a cup of hot tea it would dissolve. You might never have been born. Such assertions express modal judgements and, as we suppose, truths about the universe. But if modal judgements can be true, what features of the universe make them true? Thanks largely to the efforts of David Lewis, philosophers nowadays find it natural to appeal to (...)
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    Are There Many Worlds?Austin Gerig - unknown
    It is often thought that the existence of other worlds cannot be scientifically verified and therefore should be treated as philosophical speculation. In this article, I describe several methods for determining if other worlds exist, even without interacting with them. These methods are based on the following premise: if there are many worlds, then the statistical properties of a natural process are biased when measured by an observer whose existence was influenced by the process. The bias is always in the (...)
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    Mere Possibilities: Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics.John Divers - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):163-166.
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    'Can' Without Possible Worlds: Semantics for Anti-Humeans.Barbara Vetter - 2013 - Philosophers' Imprint 13.
    Metaphysicians of modality are increasingly critical of possible-worlds talk, and increasingly happy to accept irreducibly modal properties – and in particular, irreducible dispositions – in nature. The aim of this paper is to provide the beginnings of a modal semantics which uses, instead of possible-worlds talk, the resources of such an 'anti-Humean' metaphysics. One central challenge to an anti-Humean view is the context-sensitivity of modal language. I show how that challenge can be met and a systematic modal semantics provided, given (...)
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    Reconsidering Metaphysical Nihilism.Marco Simionato - 2013 - Polish Journal of Philosophy 7 (1):55-70.
    In contemporary analytic philosophy metaphysical nihilism is the thesis according to which there might be nothing, i.e. a possible world with no concreteobjects in it, but that can contain abstract objects. After summarizing the set of premises from which analytic metaphysics deals with nothing, I propose a set of premises that could fit continental metaphysics. Then I propose a new set of premises for the question of nothing that derives from a synthesis of the two above mentioned sets. By means (...)
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    One World is Enough. A Note on Goodman's Notion of Many Actual Worlds.Tomas Marvan - 2012 - Filosoficky Casopis 60:45-53.
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    Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise, by Takashi Yagisawa. [REVIEW]J. Divers - 2011 - Mind 120 (478):570-574.
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    Understanding Yagisawa's Worlds.Seahwa Kim - 2011 - Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):293-301.
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    The Perils of Primitivism: Takashi Yagisawa's Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise.Roberta Ballarin - 2011 - Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):273-282.
    This paper centers on Takashi Yagisawa’s book Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise (Oxford: 2010), which provides a novel and systematic analysis of modality and time. I consider the overall structure of Yagisawa’s treatment of modality and time, and discuss in detail the following three topics: (i) Possible worlds as modal indices, (ii) Trans-world identity, (iii) The claim that existence, unlike reality, is relative. My main conclusion is that Yagisawa's view of modality is driven by a strong primitivism, leading to (...)
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    Understanding Yagisawa's Worlds.K. I. M. Seahwa - 2011 - Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):293-301.
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    Précis of Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise.Takashi Yagisawa - 2011 - Analytic Philosophy 52 (4):270-272.
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    Worlds and Times: NS and the Master Argument.Peter K. Schotch & Gillman Payette - 2011 - Synthese 181 (2):295-315.
    In the fourteenth century, Duns Scotus suggested that the proper analysis of modality required not just moments of time but also “moments of nature”. In making this suggestion, he broke with an influential view first presented by Diodorus in the early Hellenistic period, and might even be said to have been the inventor of “possible worlds”. In this essay we take Scotus’ suggestion seriously devising first a double-index logic and then introducing the temporal order. Finally, using the temporal order, we (...)
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    Nothingness For Compositionalists.Dean Rickles - 2010 - Annales Philosophici 1:73-76.
    Given that worlds are defined compositionally as maximally spatiotemporally interrelated sums of possible objects, or as recombinations of actual states of affairs: what of empty worlds? It seems that such theories cannot admit such worlds, for nothing cannot come from the fusion or recombination of something. This is generally supposed to rule out metaphysical nihilism, the claim that there might have been nothing. In this brief note, I argue that the two positions can be made compatible by modifying the relationship (...)
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    On the Reality and the Existence of Computer Objects.Magdalena Pradilla Rueda - 2009 - Universitas Philosophica 26 (52).
    To the question: "does the widely technified systems information knowledge present problems which could be solved by means of a philosophic reflection, or can that knowledge respond by itself to this kind of problems?", we could answer ontologically by presenting the information objects according to "internal ontological perspectives" proposed by Carnap, in which an object reality is given by "possible worlds" and its existence by its adaptation to the elements of that given world, as well. So forth, the systems information (...)
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    Possible Worlds and Possibilia.John Divers - 2009 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
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    Worlds of Possibility.Hannah Finley - 2009 - In Richard Greene & Rachel Robison (eds.), The Golden Compass and Philosophy. Open Court.
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    Remarks on Identity Across Possible Worlds.Jan Wolenski - 2008 - Bulletin of the Section of Logic 37 (3/4):273-287.
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    Comment on Essler's “The World and the Worlds”.Patrick Suppes - 2008 - In W. K. Essler & M. Frauchiger (eds.), Representation, Evidence, and Justification: Themes From Suppes. Ontos Verlag. pp. 2--79.
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    The Ontology of Possible Worlds.Józef Życiński - 2008 - Dialogue and Universalism 18 (4-6):67-81.
    The recent scientific discoveries cast a new light on the classical distinction between the actual and the possible. A creative elaboration upon this theme, stimulated by works on modal logic and controversies around the semantics of Kripke, has been developed in contemporary discussions on epistemological aspects of quantum cosmology and on ontological preconditions of genetic determinants.Proceeding from new scientific theories, in the paper an attempt is undertaken to determine the ontological structure of nature in which one satisfactorily explains new data (...)
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    Kombinatorické Teorie Možných Světů a Jejich Perspektivy.Ondřej Tomala - 2007 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 14 (2):148-176.
    Analysis of alethic modality and the related notion of possible world have played important if not crucial role in the analytic philosophy of the 20th century. The mainstream in the theories of possible worlds, so called Actualism, is currently predominated by the theories, which define possible worlds as set-theoretical objects composed of propositions. Other theories are usually being dismissed by a set of rather standard criticisms. The aim of this paper is to show the problems that the propositional theories have (...)
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    Ways of Worlds I–II Two Special Issues on Possible Worlds and Related Notions.Vincent F. Hendricks & Stig Andur Pedersen - 2006 - Studia Logica 82 (3):301-305.
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    5. Maximal Worlds Vs. Boundary Worlds.Nicola Ciprotti - 2006 - In Paolo Valore (ed.), Topics on General and Formal Ontology. Polimetrica International Scientific Publisher. pp. 290.
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    Chapter 1 Alternative Possible Worlds.Nicholas Rescher - 2006 - In Studies in Leibniz's Cosmology. De Gruyter. pp. 1-26.
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    14. Modality And World-Indexed Sentences.Adrian Miroiu - 2005 - Logique Et Analyse 48.
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    World-Indexed Sentences and Modality.Adrian Miroiu - 2005 - Logique Et Analyse 48 (192):209-221.
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    Outlining a Non-Possible-Worlds-Based Conception of Modality.John-Michael Kuczynski - 2005 - Metaphysica 6 (1):41-68.
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    Review: Possible Worlds. [REVIEW]Peter Forrest - 2004 - Mind 113 (449):171-174.
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    Fiction and Possible Worlds.V. Ku?E.?ková - 2004 - Filozofia 59:691-695.
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    Possible Worlds.Ross P. Cameron - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (1):116-118.
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    Possible Worlds.Peter Forrest - 2004 - Mind 113 (449):171-174.
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    John Divers, Possible Worlds. [REVIEW]G. Fitch - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23:332-333.
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    World and Object: Metaphysical Nihilism and Three Accounts of Worlds.Geraldine Coggins - 2003 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (1):353-360.
    The study of metaphysical possibility involves two central questions: What are possible worlds? Is there an empty possible world? In looking at the first question we consider the different accounts of possible worlds—Lewisian realism, ersatzism, etc. In looking at the second question we consider the discussions of metaphysical nihilism, the modal ontological arguments, etc. In this paper I am drawing these two questions together in order to show how the position we hold on one of these issues affects the position (...)
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    The Worlds of Possibility.M. J. Cresswell - 2003 - International Studies in Philosophy 35 (4):194-195.
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    The Metaphysics of Possibilia.William G. Lycan - 2002 - In Richard M. Gale (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics. Blackwell. pp. 303.
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    Principles for Possibilia.Christopher Peacocke - 2002 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 51:119-145.
    It seems to be an obvious truth that There could be something that doesn't actually exist. That is, it seems to be obiously true that ◊∃×). It is sufficient for the truth of that there could be more people, or trees, or cars, than there actually are. It is also sufficient for the truth of that there could be some pepole, or trees, or cars that are distinct from all those that actually exist. Do and suchlike statements involve a commitment (...)
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